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MarTech Interview with Don White, CEO at Satisfi Labs

"Every customer is the foundation of our company, so our growth comes from ‘same-store sales’ as we expand our current customer commitments with new products and services." Tell us about your current role and journey to Technology. What inspired you to establish Satisfi Labs? I am the co-founder and CEO at Satisfi Labs. I got my start at Bloomberg and loved working there and was able to hold leadership positions in Operations, Product Development and Sales. I then joined a start-up called Datahug to see if I could…

MarTech Interview with Donna Parent, CMO at EZShield +IdentityForce

"We’re seeking new technologies, strategic partnerships, and innovative strategies that will continue to help us grow and deliver increased results." Tell us about your role and how you got here. What made you join IdentityForce and now EZShield + IdentityForce? I fell in love with Marketing shortly after joining a small high-tech start-up as an Event Manager. Each position thereafter provided me with various opportunities to get engaged with PR, Product Marketing, Demand Generation, Content Marketing, and Marketecture –…

MarTech Interview with Inbal Lavi, CEO at Webpals Group

"Marketing technology can enable financial app developers to enrich users’ experience, providing quick and simple management solutions for customer’s financial needs." Tell us about your role and journey into technology. What inspired you to be part of the Webpals Group?  My journey started during my Master’s degree in Industrial Engineering from Tel Aviv University, where I wrote my thesis about Machine learning and Data Mining. There weren’t many companies that offered jobs relevant to my academic background, but I…

MarTech Interview with Marc Laplante and Mike Kelly, Co-Founders at Intentsify

"It is essential to create robust knowledge bases that drive operational efficiencies, scalability and growth that can be automated through AI." Tell us about your role and journey into technology. What inspired you to co-start Intentsify? Our careers began in 1999 when we joined TechTarget as account executives. After a 13-year career that included running two of the company’s largest media groups, we began to see a shift in how marketers were beginning to use data to power demand generation. That shift drove us to…

MarTech Interview with Khris Thayer, CEO and Founder at OPTIZMO

"It is my sincere belief that email will continue to grow, regardless of emerging digital channels." Tell us about your role at OPTIZMO and how you got here. What inspired you to start the company? I am the CEO and Co-Founder of OPTIZMO. I founded the company with my partner and CTO, Grant Fern, in early 2009, so we are celebrating 10 years of momentum this year. OPTIZMO was inspired by a need in our industry for Email Compliance, Suppression File and Data management platform that went above and beyond the utilitarian…

MarTech Interview with Eric Christopher, Co-Founder and CEO at Zylo

"The biggest priority for rapid growth is implementing good communication across the business as it grows." Tell us about your role and journey into technology. What inspired you to co-start Zylo? My journey to becoming a technology CEO started with my first entrepreneurial attempt: An online business, while I was in college during the dot com explosion. At the time, companies like Google didn’t have this long history - it was just this new search engine - but I have a big appreciation for that moment when all these new…

MarTech Interview with Shafiq Rajani, Vice President, Mintel Comperemedia

"Mintel Comperemedia combines the best marketing data across our partners into one platform with a singular taxonomy." Tell us about your journey into Marketing and Sales Technology. How did you arrive at Mintel Comperemedia? My career began at Chase, where I developed a keen sense for understanding how middle market business works, as our group was ensuring that balance sheets were sound ahead of mid-market mergers and acquisitions. After arriving at Mintel in 2008, I was instantly impressed with the data set that we…

MarTech Interview with Doug Kofoid, CEO, DialogTech

"Call Analytics enable marketers to understand how their channels, campaigns, keywords, and website drive calls that convert to customers." Tell us about your role and journey into technology. What inspired you to start at DialogTech? I have always been interested in how technology can disrupt mature industries, and that interest intensified while I was in business school during the dot com boom. Technology at the time was a disruptor and brought a different focus – on the data-based decision; the objectivity was something…

MarTech Interview with Chris Roebuck, CEO and Founder, Clicktivated

"It is essential to create robust knowledge bases that drive operational efficiencies, scalability and growth that can be automated through AI." Tell us about your role and journey into Marketing Technology. What inspired you to be part of Clicktivated?  Marketing has been a part of my DNA for years. After college, where I received my degree in Advertising, I started my professional career working for an agency in Detroit. After a few years of identifying countless opportunities for improvement within the marking space, I…

MarTech Interview with Rob Dysell, CMO and Co-Founder, Pickit

"I believe that within two to three years from now it will be impossible to steal a photo online and not get caught using it somewhere else." Tell us about your role and journey into Marketing Technology. What inspired you to co-start Pickit? I was in the Advertising department for a full-service creative agency in Stockholm and saw for myself how the relationship between brands and consumers is becoming increasingly complex. And, more often, it’s closely connected to the product experience, so in order to create really…

MarTech Interview with Scott East, CEO, MSIGHTS

" As technology gets better, and friendlier within the overall ecosystem, marketers will be able to focus the majority of their time on human-driven decisions and allow machines to manage those decisions and analyses that can be driven by rules and guides." Tell us about your role and journey into Technology. What inspired you to write a book? The journey into Marketing Technology was an accident. When I left AOL in 2002, I started a marketing consultancy. About a year into the business, a good friend from Nextel reached…

MarTech Interview with Piyush Shah, Co-Founder at InMobi

"The biggest disruptions across the industry in technology will come from Data and Artificial Intelligence (AI). " Could you tell us about your role and journey at InMobi Group, and today TruFactor? What inspired you to be part of InMobi? I’ve been with InMobi since the beginning, and I am incredibly proud of our heritage as a true innovator in the mobile advertising space. In that time, I have previously led our performance advertising business, was Chief Product Officer and have incubated our enterprise platforms for…

MarTech Interview with Tessa Court, CEO, IntelligenceBank

"Marketing Resource Management is pretty much the same thing as Marketing Operations, but it has a budget and planning component." Tell us about your journey into Marketing Technology. Since the age of 16, I knew I wanted to get into marketing – specifically, global advertising. I worked in global advertising in New York City for several years.   When technology came onto the scene, there was a massive exodus of agency people going into martech as new technologies created infinite possibilities for not only creating…

MarTech Interview with Dietmar Rietsch, CEO, Pimcore

"Each customer demands an experience that’s tailored to their specific needs and preferences, and retailers that fail to provide this will lose an entire subset of customers." Tell us about your role and journey into technology. How did you arrive at Pimcore? Pimcore was carved out of a digital agency named New Elements Media Solutions in Salzburg, Austria, in 2010, where I (along with the other co-founders of Pimcore) spent close to seven years. Pimcore was formed out of a strong desire to change the way we were…

MarTech Interview with Joel Horwitz, Senior Vice President Marketing at WANdisco

"People need to write and create quality content, which tends to do better in the long term, rather than creating volumes of material that nobody will see." Tell us about your role and journey into marketing technology? How did you arrive at WANdisco? Joel Horwitz: I didn't ever intend on getting into marketing, however, it turns out I'm pretty good at breaking up complex technical ideas to help others learn and build novel products. I think that skill comes from my science, engineering, and entrepreneurship background. I…

MarTech Interview with Kevin Eichelberger, Founder and CEO at Blue Acorn

"The question to always be asking is how can AI be applied to a situation to drive a better result, with less resources." Tell us about your role and journey into Technology. What inspired you to start Blue Acorn? I started Blue Acorn out of a passion for Ecommerce. At the time, I was a CRM consultant by day, and I spent my nights and weekends starting and growing an online retail business. I learned everything I could about Ecommerce from technology, to digital marketing, to analytics and through all of that  realized…

MarTech Interview with Andrew Field, Founder and CEO, PFL

"We are going to see more and more marketers turn away from ‘batch and blast’ digital marketing and focus on personalized touches that are far more meaningful." Tell us about your role and journey into Marketing technology. What inspired you to start PFL? My journey is not the typical Founder's story. I started PFL the old-fashioned way: a six person print shop in Livingston, Montana in 1996. At the time, I didn’t have any grand visions of e-commerce or tactile marketing. I launched the shop because there weren’t any in…

MarTech Interview with Mike Orr, Co-Founder at Grapevine6

"Marketing needs to produce valuable content but salespeople also need unique content to stand out and engage buyers in the market." How exciting is the current Social Media ecosystem today? As an engineer at heart I think this is the most exciting time for Social Media for business. We’re past the early adopters and into solving the value that unlocks mass adoption. On the consumer side the platforms are starting to deal with the problems of a maturing community – security, individual v. collective rights, and honestly…

MarTech Interview with Glenn Shoosmith, Chief Architect and Founder, JRNI

"It’s also important not to get to caught up in the hype around AI. Like anything, the wrong use devalues the right use and AI is certainly being overused right now." Tell us about your role and journey into marketing technology. What inspired you to launch JRNI? In 2008, I started working with some of the world’s largest banks, including Bank of America and Merrill Lynch and during my “out of office” time, I enjoyed playing squash. Trying to find a court near my London residence, I found it virtually impossible to find…

MarTech Interview with Uzair Dada, CEO, atEvent

"Companies are looking to make events a part of their digital integrated marketing strategy to accelerate their sales velocity, track attribution and prove ROI." Tell us about your role and journey into Technology. What inspired you to be a part of atEvent? 18 years ago I started a demand generation agency, with the sole purpose to help large technology companies go to market. Over the years we found that a big pain point for our customers came from the event space, where they spent an inordinate amount of money going to…